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Album Review

In a class of their own, Pandelis Karayorgis and Mat Maneri veer in the direction of unconventional, non-swinging microtonal free music. Joined in part by bassist John Lockwood and Mat's father, underrecorded reedist Joe Maneri, the group engages in twelve totally improvised movements. At times mournful, at others suspenseful, Lift & Poise is a performance that requires concentrated listening. The younger Maneri's violin is alternately biting, astringent, and attractively pensive, as he negotiates thin toned excursions above the sometimes clamorous piano of partner Karayorgis. Five different combinations of players (solo, duo, and trio) with relatively short pieces maintain diversity on what may be the leaders' most accessible album to date. The elder Maneri, who plays clarinet on two numbers, adds a confident, sometimes wild voice to an otherwise mostly subdued set. Karayorgis displays avant-style roots every so often, as his curt punctuations split the quietude. A set to be savored, even cherished.

Biography

Born: 1969 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Son of microtonal clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, improviser, theorist, and composer Joseph Maneri, Mat Maneri began playing music with his father when he was only seven. Though Joseph is himself a near-legend among avant-garde and jazz musicians, son Mat has already surpassed his father's recorded output in the course of his relatively short career. Specializing in various violin derivatives, Mat plays the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. He has worked...
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